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Kathleen Morgain BS: WTO (80* d) RE: BS: WTO 01 Dec 99

Thanks to NPR, I've been able to hear some of the speeches from inside the WTO venues, Our local television news operations, have mainly been "covering" the events outside. One of our more venerable anchors tonight described the scene as the embodiment of the police state.

I work for one of the stations, helping the international news organizations to send their feeds via fibre and Satellite. The coverage seems evenhanded. The emphasis from all is what is happening here in the streets. The first day's coverage featured the variety of groups here to demonstrate their concerns over living wages, child labor, environmental regulations and the lack of accountability by WTO participants decisions to the world's rank and file. I believe it was well conveyed that the thousands who made the commitment to come here are united by a concern for economic fairness and inclusiveness. The later stories sent dealt more with the trashing of the various storefronts and the trash fires, tear gas and confrontations that took place late in the day.

I have yet to get to work to see what is going out tonight from today's events. I hear helicopters over my house now. I see on the local news that the police are arresting people even outside their control zones. These people are peacefully resisting, reminding any who will hear of their right to assemble.

I do hope "the whole world is watching".

Thanks 'catters, for "listening". I obviously can't talk about my feelings at work.


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